Robyn Eckhardt writes on food and travel in Asia, Europe and Turkey for The New York Times, Saveur, Wall Street Journal, SBS Feast and other publications. She was the founding Food Editor at Time Out Kuala Lumpur and wrote a column on street food for Wall Street Journal Asia. Robyn has written food guides to Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam for Lonely Planet and contributed essays to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets.

Robyn often collaborates with her partner, IACP award-winning food and travel photographer David Hagerman; together they publish the award-winning food blog EatingAsia, which has been cited for excellence by the New York Times, Travel+Leisure, CNN and The Splendid Table.

Robyn’s first cookbook Istanbul and Beyond stories, photographs and over 120 recipes from Turkey’s cultural capital and its far eastern reaches — will be published by Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2017. Publisher’s Weekly has named Istanbul and Beyond one of Fall 2017’s Top Ten Cookbooks

After twenty years in Asia (China, Thailand, Vietnam and twelve years in Malaysia) Robyn recently moved to Piemonte, Italy. When not on assignment she teams up with David to offer food writing and photography workshops in Asia, Turkey and Italy, as well as bespoke culinary and photography excursions in off-the-beaten-track Turkey.


Twitter: @EatingAsia

Instagram: @IstanbulandBeyond

A sample of published work:


For The Economist‘s lifestyle magazine 1843: A feature on young farmers in Piemonte, Italy.

For Saveur: On pomegranate molasses, Malaysian palm sugar and Turkish cuisine.

For the New York Times: Restaurants in Taipei capitalising on the island’s bountysea urchin season on Spain’s Costa Brava, chasing anchovies on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, food market hopping in Aegean Turkeyexploring Cambodian flavors in Siem Reap.

For SBS Feast (Australia): A historic market neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, culinary adventures in north eastern Turkey’s cow country.

For Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia: Feasting in Taipei, dining out in Istanbul, indulging an obsession with chilies in Sichuan, China.

For Wall Street Journal Asia: Seasonal eating in Istanbul, the original artisan toast.